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The essence of who we are and what we do comes to life through the experience we deliver to our clients every day.
It is a powerful feeling to know someone is always on your side. In every situation, every circumstance, every kind of weather.
Its as true in life as it is with investing. When you work with an advisor, you have the right to expect that individual to be fully devoted to doing whats best for you not whats best for those with more to gain from pushing products than helping clients.
As an independent wealth management firm, we make every recommendation based solely on how it best serves your near- and long-term interests.
Its not just a promise. Its our business model.
You see, the money we earn for our investment advice comes only from our clients. This is the key to our independence. This is what enables us to recommend the financial vehicles and instruments best suited to help you reach your goals. Its also the reason weve chosen to be held to a higher standard whats called the fiduciary standard. Its a complex-sounding term, but it delivers great peace of mind. As a fiduciary, we must act in your best interests at all times. No exceptions.
We believe you deserve better. We believe that by putting our clients interests first, we achieve more together.
We promise to make every decision based solely on how it serves your best interests.
We provide confidence that comes from working with an experienced wealth advisor who values evidence over emotion, research over blind opinion.
So much of the financial industry is based on convincing investors to find the ever-elusive needle in a haystack the hot stock that promises stratospheric returns with seemingly no risk. And what happens when that hot tip doesnt pan out? No time to find out. Stock brokers and journalists have already moved on to touting the next cant-miss investment.
Our approach is fundamentally different.
Put simply, we dont believe in looking for needles in haystacks. We believe in owning haystacks.
Decades of peer-reviewed financial research demonstrates how investors can increase their expected returns and better achieve their goals when they focus on things they can control: minimizing costs, building a diversified portfolio, implementing effective tax strategies, and taking only those risks appropriate to their unique situations.
This approach what we call the science of investing is at the heart of every client relationship and is the blueprint for the wealth management plans we build. It is the reason our clients are able to capture the returns that the markets provide, and it helps them build a more secure financial future for themselves and their families.
People at the top of their field rarely get there by going it alone. Successful individuals frequently collaborate with highly trained coaches or teachers who help them perform at the highest levels.
This is exactly what our clients receive when they choose to work with our firm. Starting on Day 1, our clients benefit by working directly with their own experienced wealth advisor a resource who not only skillfully orchestrates the efforts of each clients existing team of professionals, such as CPAs and attorneys, but also brings to the table a deep bench of talent with specialists in every aspect of investing and wealth management.
Members of this broader advisory team include individuals with deep knowledge of estate planning, tax planning, retirement planning, charitable planning and risk management. These resources augment the efforts of our Investment Policy Committee, which is devoted full-time to making sure our clients investments continuously adhere to our rigorous standards. A dedicated fixed income team applies the same rigor to give every client portfolio appropriate protection from the volatility of the market.
Our ability to deliver this caliber of talent is amplified through our relationship with the BAM ALLIANCE. This community of more than 140 independent, like-minded wealth advisory firms gives our clients direct access to widely published national thought leaders and advisors working with tens of thousands of clients across the country. Tapping into this wide-ranging experience means that we are able to find the right answers to our clients questions, no matter how complex they may seem.
Working in concert, these important relationships ensure our clients have the ideas, insights and intelligence to help them make the best decisions about their financial future.
We believe that the right ideas, insights and intelligence can help every investor make better decisions.
Unfortunately, far too few investors have a well-thought-out wealth management plan. Its a common situation, and one that can trigger anxiety whenever the market engages in the wild swings that have become more frequent in recent years.
As wealth advisors, the best feedback we can ever receive is when our clients tell us how they no longer worry about the markets daily ups and downs. They are able to sleep better at night. They focus on the things that matter and enjoy their life more.
Our clients are able to experience this because, together, we created a thoughtful plan that gives them the best odds of reaching their most important goals, no matter what happens in the financial markets day to day or week to week. Our approach to evidence-based investing takes into account that markets naturally fluctuate. So we help our clients build a plan to withstand that turbulence, one that focuses on what they want to accomplish and the best way to make it happen.
Building a customized plan like this isnt easy. It takes time and ability to dive into each clients most important values, goals and relationships. It also takes a watchful eye to ensure the plan stays relevant and current as changes happen over the course of our clients lives.
This is what we do every day. When our clients know where theyre going and how to get there, theyre able to ignore stormy weather, focus on the destination and enjoy the ride.
We help create restful nights for our clients, knowing they have a plan that can render the markets daily ups and downs irrelevant to their future prosperity.
Achieving your financial goals depends on so much more than just investing. Sometimes, the biggest challenges have nothing to do with the markets. How might taxes impact my savings? Do I have the right insurance should something unthinkable happen? Does my estate plan reflect my desire to support my grandchildrens education?
Providing thoughtful answers to these kinds of questions is the essence of what we call true wealth management. When you work with our firm, you are able to benefit from our holistic, all-encompassing approach that goes well beyond investment advice to incorporate all facets of your financial life, from tax planning to estate planning, risk management to retirement funding, to charitable giving and beyond.
As we design and maintain your customized plan, these aspects are carefully examined to ensure that no decision is made in isolation and each area contributes to your sense of well-being and security. When we understand and align these critical components of financial health, our clients enjoy a greater sense of confidence in their ability to achieve their highest aspirations.
We deliver assurance in knowing that every facet of your financial life plays a role in determining your best way forward.
Its common for investors to feel a bit off balance with their investments. After all, thats the way Wall Street wants it. The more uneasy investors feel, the more susceptible they are to buying the latest hot stock brokers are looking to promote.
In our experience, the best solution to this perpetual feeling of unease is to climb into the drivers seat: Tune out the Wall Street marketing machine and align yourself with an independent, fiduciary wealth advisor who can help you identify your most important goals and build a plan to achieve them.
Our firm and our clients belong to a growing movement of thousands of investors who are doing exactly that. We focus on our goals, and we let the science of investing help us achieve them.
And by we, we actually mean it. Our advisors invest their personal assets the same way in which they advise our clients. We eat our own cooking, investing in ways that enable broad diversity, low costs and appropriate levels of risk.
This is further evidence of how were always on our clients side, helping investors like you focus on whats most important your family, your health, your career and achieving your most fulfilling dreams.
We belong to a movement of investorsand advisors whove grown tired of the Wall Street game and are now taking activecontrol of their decisions and their futures.
We are building an active community of those whove discovered a better way to safeguard financial futures and realize dreams.
What we are doing shouldnt be considered revolutionary. This is the way investing should have been done all along: with you, your values and your priorities at the very center.
Our business is about you and what you consider to be a successful wealth management experience. You should be confident about your financial future. You should be assured that every move is made in your best interests. You should become part of the movement of investors who focus on the things that matter and the things they can control.
We invite you to become part of the community we are building. Its an